Re: Alice birding

To: "Martin Cake" <>
Subject: Re: Alice birding
From: "gary wright" <>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2008 12:53:12 +0930
Hi Martin

There has been no rain and I will be amazed if there is any. we had a few drops-literally! I have just walked the Larapinta trail and birds were scarce-56 species in 13 days. There were some good sightings. Approx six sightings of dusky grasswren, the locations being Simpsons gap, right down by where yoiu see the rock wallabies, Mt Sonder, on trail about 2-3 kms from Redbank gorge and Hugh Gorge-really good sighting approx 500 metres up the gorge from campground. Some of these places are on teh Larapinta trail and not very accessible by car. Probably the best bird was grey falcon at Jay Creek campground. Good sightings for me were getting really clear about when I am seeing a slaty backed thornbill which has been a bugbear of mine. Also at Jay Creek campground on Larapinta trail were golden backed form of black chinned honeyeater. Major mitchells were seen at Ellery Creek adn Serpentine chalet. These last three sightings were all early morning when still in sleeping bag!

I checked the flowering Eucalyptus socialis trees at Serpentine gorge closely as we camped among them and saw no grey honeyeater, although I see Don roberson has also seen a grey honeyeater there recently. The grey honeyeater is becoming my mythical bird!

In terms of your other questions I have no info. If I wanted to see spinifex bird I would try the site on the road into Ormiston and rufous crowned emu wren I would go to Santa Teresa road. Dusky grasswren could be anywhere, there is spinifex, but if you are fit enough I would still go to Mt Gillen-look up field naturalists site for directions.
Good luck with your trip to Alice.


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